I used a pair of Japanese 5-Yen coins to create this pair of earrings. The coin is paired with a smooth round Ocean Jasper bead and a smaller faceted Dragon's blood Jasper bead. The beads are separated with oxidized brass wavy spacers. The stringing material I used is waxed Irish Linen cord, making for a lightweight and strong earrings. A circular 14K gold-filled ear wire completes the earring.
The 5-Yen coin is a symbol of good luck to the Japanese, and commonly used as donations in Shinto shrines to establish a good relationship with the deity. Often a 5-Yen coin is inserted to a new wallet before any other money for prosperity and wealth. The coins I have used are from Emperor Hirohito's reign around 1974 and 1975.
Jaspers have been used as ornamental and gemstones from ancient times. They are microcrystalline Quartz in association with a variety of other minerals which give the Jaspers colorful patterns and bands. Jaspers are often named according to its color or patterns. Jaspers are considered grounding gemstones. Ocean Jasper is found only off the coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean and is fossilized Coral. Its limited availability and uniqueness make it a gemstone of value. The diverse colors are due to trace minerals. It is also known as ‘Snake Agate’ by the native Madagascans. Dragon Blood Jasper has a matrix of green (Dragon skin!) with veins of deep red (blood!). It is considered a stone for courage and strength.
14K Gold-Filled (14K GF) beads are made by bonding a layer of 14K gold with high pressure and heat to base metal and then shaped as desired. Industry standard requires that the quantity of gold be at least 1/20th of the total weight and the Karat measurement must be marked.
Length: 2.75 inches from your piercing.
Bead size: 12 mm Ocean and 8 mm Dragon's blood Jasper beads; 22 mm coin.
All ear wires from Sundancegems come with a clear medical grade PVC ear clutch or stopper. These fit snug on the ear wire, and prevent you from loosing your earrings.
Care: Clean with soft fabric, or non-abrasive polishing cloth. Avoid direct contact with perfumes, hairspray, and deodorants. Jewelry should be worn after application of cosmetics. Store wrapped in soft fabric or sealed in plastic bag.
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